Mariners rebound; MHL final tied 1-1

Blizzard goaltender Francis Asselin prepares to block a shot from Yarmouth forwards Patrick Daley (12) and Brent Broaders (11). Photo Olivier Chiasson

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – A complete contrast with the previous game that ended in an avalanche of 11 goals…

This time, the Yarmouth Mariners took their revenge by blanking the Edmundston Blizzard 1-0 in front of a packed house at the Jean-Daigle Centre. The Maritime Hockey League’s best of seven final is now tied 1-1.

The two teams will meet in Nova Scotia on Thursday and Friday.

The Mariners capitalized on a defensive clumsiness by the Blizzard paving the way for the only goal of the game at 1:35 of the second period. Aaron Maillet cut a pass to give the puck to Campbell Balk who was flying towards the net. He beat Francis Asselin.

The visitors applied constant pressure for 60 minutes, giving the Blizzard’s defensemen a hard time initiating an attack. Yarmouth led in shots on goal for a second straight game. They hit Asselin 28 times. Leif Hertz, who earned the first star of the game, blocked all 22 shots he faced.

Asselin (2nd) and Balk (3rd) were credited with the other game’s stars.

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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone